Food & Drink

It's Not Just You, Hangovers Really Do Get Worse With Age

Published On 09/03/2015 Published On 09/03/2015

Remember the glorious days of getting away hangover-free after a night of heavy drinking? Well, it turns out there could be a simple explanation for why you feel so much worse after drinking now that you're older: you're older. Sorry.

The way your body responds to drinking could be slowing with age and making your hangovers worse, according to a report by TIME. Though, experts believe there are several factors that influence how head-splitting your hangover could be, such as alcohol-induced dehydration, inflammation, and impurities in your beverages of choice, apparently there's no single culprit when it comes to making you feel like death the morning after. Well, other than age.

The alcohol content of what you drink and how much you drink are also key factors. Your liver breaks down alcohol into toxic chemical compounds throughout your body which causes inflammation, and potentially, that awful headache, explains Dr. Michael Oshinsky, a neuroscientist with the National Institutes of Health.

Most importantly, Dr. Rachel Vreeman, director of research at Indiana University’s Center for Global Health, said the way your body responds and processes these compounds might decrease in efficiency as you age, resulting in toxic chemicals hanging around in your body for longer. So, it might take you longer to recover from inflammation and cell damage caused by having one too many than, let's say, your double-fisting college-aged self.

So, while what you're drinking might get better with age, you don't. Cheers!

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and beat the hell out of a hangover the other day and it was awesome. Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.



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